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Strong's #2777 - κεφαλίς

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G2776)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. a little head
  2. the highest part, extremity of anything
    1. as the capital of a column
    2. the tips or knobs of the wooden rod around which parchments were rolled were called by this word, because they resembled little heads
  3. the Alexandrian writers transferred the name to the roll or volume itself
    1. in the roll of the book
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 134 ‑ אֶדֶן (eh'‑den);  2053 ‑ וָו (vaw);  3805 ‑ כֹּתֶרֶת (ko‑theh'‑reth);  4039 ‑ מְגִלָּה (meg‑il‑law');  7175 ‑ קֶרֶשׁ (keh'‑resh);  7218 ‑ רֹאשׁ (roshe);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

κεφᾰλ-ίς, ίδος, ἡ,

I Dim. of κεφαλή, little head, σκορόδου Luc. DMeretr. 14.3; head of a nail, Ath. 11.488c; extremity, τῶν σκυταλίδων Antyll. ap. Orib. 44.23.74.

II capital of a column, Ph. 2.147, Chor. p.118 B. (pl.), PLond. 3.755v6 (iv A.D.), Gp. 14.6.6 (pl.): pl., = κρόσσαι, Eust. 903.6.

III toe-cap of a shoe, Arist. Rh. 1392a31, cf. Anon.ad loc.; of the foot of a table, Aristeas 68. rope attached to the bow of a ship, Polyaen. 3.9.38 (pl.). κ. βιβλίου roll, LXX Ezekiel 2:9, Psalms 39:8(38).8, al.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

κεφαλίς, κεφαλίδος, (diminutive of κεφαλή, formed after the analogy of ἁμαξίς, πινακίς, etc.; cf. Alexander Buttmann (1873) Ausf. Spr. ii., p. 443; Kühner, § 380 Anm. 5, i., p. 708);

1. a little head (Latincapitellum, capitulum).

2. the highest part, extremity or end of anything; as the capital of a column, 1 Kings 7:9, 31 etc.; Geoponica 14, 6, 6; hence, the tips or knobs (theumbilici of the Romans (or rather the cornua; see Gardthausen, Griech. Palaeogr., p. 52f; Rich, Dictionary, under the word umbilicus)) of the wooden rod around which parchments were rolled seem to have been called κεφαλίδες, because they resembled little heads; so that

3. the Alexandrian writers transferred the name κεφαλίς to the roll or volume itself: ἐν κεφαλίδι βίβλου, Hebrews 10:7 (from the Sept. of Psalm 39:8 () for בִּמְגִלַּת־סֵפֶר, as in Ezekiel 2:9, and without βιβλίου, ; 2 Esdr. 6:2 (cf. Birt, Antikes Buchwesen (Berl. 1882), p. 116)), Itala:in volumine libri, in the roll of the book (cf. Winer's Grammar, 23 (22)). The different opinions are noticed by Bleek at the passage.

STRONGS NT 2777b: κημόω κημόω, κημῷ: future κημώσω; (κημός a muzzle); to stop the mouth by a muzzle, to muzzle: βοῦν, 1 Corinthians 9:9 T Tr WH marginal reading (Xenophon, r. eq. 5, 3); see φιμόω.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κεφαλίς , -ίδος ,

(dimin. of κεφαλή ),

[in LXX for H4039, H2053, etc.;]

1. a little head.

2. an extremity, capital (of a column).

3. (As in Exodus 2:9, Psalms 40:8, Ezra 6:2) a roll: κ . βιβλίου , Hebrews 10:7 (LXX).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

From meaning the ";little head"; or ";capital"; of a column (cf. P Lond 755 cited s.v. βάσις) it is said that κεφαλίς came to be used of the ";knob"; (cornu) at the end of the stick round which a papyrus roll was wound, but no instance of this sense has been found. For the usage in Hebrews 10:7 (from Psalms 39:8 [MT Psalms 40:8]), in addition to the LXX passages (Ezekiel 2:9; Ezekiel 3:1 ff., 2 Esdras 6:2), we may appeal to Ephrem 2 (Migne 65. 168) : ἔχοντα ἐπὶ χεῖρας κεφαλίδα, τούτεστι τόμον γεγραμμένον ἔσωθεν καὶ ἔξωθεν, where Birt (Rhein. Mus. N.F. lxii. ( 1907), p. 488) understands κεφαλίς as = ";roll"; : cf. Gardthausen Grieck, Palaeographie.2 i. p. 141.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
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List of Word Forms
κεκηλίδωσαι κεφαλίδα κεφαλίδας κεφαλιδες κεφαλίδες κεφαλιδι κεφαλίδι κεφαλίδος κεφαλίδων κεφαλίς κεφούροι κεφφουρέ κεφφώρ κημώ kephalidi kephalídi
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